Temporary Resident Visas (TRVs), commonly called entry visas, are to be obtained by foreign nationals who require visas to enter Canada, while Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) allows foreign nationals from visa-exempted countries to enter Canada without a visa. Please note that without proper travel documents and identification, you may not be able to board the plane.
For security purposes, starting from November 10th, 2016, all incoming international students are required to obtain either TRV or eTA to enter Canada, depending on their nationalities. Please click here for updates from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
- You will present yourself at the Canadian border (port of entry); and
- You are a citizen of a country whose citizens require a TRV. To review the list of countries click here
If the TRV is for someone you are inviting to Canada, we recommend you provide them with the following documents to support their application:
- letter of invitation written by you
- York University enrollment letter
- a copy of your status document e.g. study permit
- proof of available funds (if you are paying for their visit)
- marriage certificate (if you're inviting your spouse)
- employment letter (if you are a PGWP holder)
- U.S. citizens are exempted from obtaining an eTA;
- Some of the visa-exempted countries that require an eTA include most European countries, Caribbean countries, Australia, and New Zealand.
For more information about Study Permits, feel free to check out the Immigration Tutorial Videos page.